2011 "Black List" of Top Unproduced Screenplays

A list of top, unproduced screenplays in 2011 compiled by film executive Franklin Leonard.

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The Imitation Game (2014)
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During World War II, mathematician Alan Turing tries to crack the enigma code with help from fellow mathematicians. (114 mins.)
Director: Morten Tyldum
“ Written by Graham Moore
The story of British WWII cryptographer Alan Turing, who cracked the German Enigma code and later poisoned himself after being criminally prosecuted for his sexual orientation. ” - EricGreene
When the Street Lights Go On (2017 TV Series)
The residents of a small town grapple with the ruthless killing of a young girl and a teacher.
Director: Brett Morgen
“ Written by Chris Hutton & Eddie O’Keefe
In the early 1980s, a town suffers through the aftermath of a brutal murder of a high school girl and a teacher. ” - EricGreene
Chewie (????)
A comedic look at the making of Star Wars through the eyes of Peter Mayhew, the real-life giant who played Chewbacca the Wookie.
Director: Kyle Newman
“ Written by Evan Susser & Van Robichaux
A satirical behind the scenes look at the making of Star Wars through the eyes of Peter Mayhew who played Chewbacca. ” - EricGreene
The Outsider (2017)
An epic set in post-WWII Japan and centered on an American former G.I. who joins the yakuza.
“ Written by Andrew Baldwin
In post World War II Japan, an American former prisoner-of-war rises in the yakuza. ” - EricGreene
Father Daughter Time: A Tale of Armed Robbery and Eskimo Kisses (????)
A father goes on the lam with his daughter after a crime spree.
Director: Gavin O'Connor
“ Written by Matthew Aldrich
A man goes on a three state crime spree with an accomplice, his eleven year old daughter. ” - EricGreene
In the Event of a Moon Disaster (????)
A fictional account of the first lunar landing in which a disaster strikes.
Director: Tate Taylor
“ Written by Mike Jones
An alternate telling of the historic APOLLO 11 mission to land on the moon that examines what might have happened if the astronauts had crash landed there. ” - EricGreene
Maggie (2015)
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A teenage girl in the Midwest becomes infected by an outbreak of a disease that slowly turns the infected into cannibalistic zombies. During her transformation, her loving father stays by her side. (95 mins.)
Director: Henry Hobson
“ Written by John Scott 3
As a zombie virus spreads across the country, a farm family helps their eldest daughter come to terms with her infection. ” - EricGreene
The Current War (2017)
Electricity titans Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse compete to create a sustainable system and market it to the American people.
“ Written by by Michael Mitnick
Based on the true story of the race between Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse to develop a practical system of electricity and sell their respective inventions to the country and the world. ” - EricGreene
The End (????)
The lives of a British broadcaster, a young Michigan couple and Shanghai father are all connected by their convictions that the world is going to end soon.
Director: Drew Barrymore
“ Written by Aron Eli Coleite
Four people – a veteran broadcaster in London, a sixteen year old girl and her boyfriend in Ann Arbor, and a devoted family man in Shanghai – each try to make peace with their lives before an interstellar event ends the world in six hours. ” - EricGreene
Beyond the Pale (????)
Two teen siblings suspect something is amiss with their father's burial and soon learn that an undertaker is manipulating the dead in a small Southern town.
“ Written by Chad Feehan
Teenage siblings suspect they’ve been ripped off by the town undertaker, but what they discover is much more sinister than either imagined. ” - EricGreene
Ezekiel Moss (????)
A widow and her young son in rural Nebraska look to a mysterious stranger for a chance to change their lives.
“ Written by by Keith Bunin
A mysterious stranger who possibly has the power to channel the souls of the dead changes the lives of everyone in a small Nebraska town, especially a young widow and her 11-year-old son. ” - EricGreene
Grace of Monaco (2014)
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The story of former Hollywood star Grace Kelly's crisis of marriage and identity, during a political dispute between Monaco's Prince Rainier III and France's Charles De Gaulle, and a looming French invasion of Monaco in the early 1960s. (103 mins.)
Director: Olivier Dahan
“ Written by Arash Amel
Grace Kelly, age 33 and having given up her acting career to focus on being a full time princess, uses her political maneuvering behind the scenes to save Monaco while French Leader Charles de Gaulle and Monaco’s Prince Rainier III are at odds over the princi¬pality’s standing as a tax haven. ” - EricGreene
The Social Life (????)
An Internet savvy woman convinces her friend to dump her new boyfriend so she can date him instead.
Director: Jake Szymanski
“ Written by Lauryn Kahn
A social media savvy girl who is pessimistic about love finds the perfect guy and decides to use her internet research skills to turn herself into his perfect match. ” - EricGreene
Bethlehem (????)
A group of survivors of a zombie apocalypse strike an grim deal with an unexpected ally.
“ Written by Larry Brenner
A group of people struggling to survive a zombie apocalypse make an alliance with a vampire, trading themselves as food in exchange for protection since zombies don’t eat vampire. ” - EricGreene
The Three Misfortunes of Geppetto (????)
A prequel to the story of Pinocchio, which follows Geppetto as he endures hardships in order to be with his true love, Julia Moon.
Director: Shawn Levy
“ Written by Michael Vukadinovich
A prequel to the story of Pinocchio in which Geppetto endures a life of misfortune, war, and ad¬venture, all to be with Julia Moon, his true love. ” - EricGreene
Powell (????)
Secretary of State, Colin Powell, is asked by the Bush administration to addresses the U.N. about the threat of Sadaam Hussain and Iraq, but has personal doubts over the integrity of the evidence.
“ Written by Ed Whitworth
Based on the true story of Colin Powell questioning the Bush administration leading up to his United Nations presentation where he made the case for going to war with Iraq. ” - EricGreene
The Knoll (????)
A pair of witnesses to John F. Kennedy's assassination find themselves as targets of killers trying to keep them quiet.
“ Written by Christopher Cantwell & Christopher Rogers
A rookie cop and his potential flame witness JFK gunned down from the grassy knoll on November 22, 1963. Within hours, they’re on the run from the murderers who desperately need them silenced. ” - EricGreene
How to Disappear Completely (????)
Stuck in a routine of his controlling parents, a child prodigy tries to break free.
Director: Will Gluck
“ Written by Ed Solomon
A child prodigy tries to take control of his life away from his demanding parents. ” - EricGreene
Desperate Hours (????)
When a young girl covered in blood arrives at the door of a small town rancher's home, the residents search for answers.
“ Written by E. Nicholas Mariani
A small town crippled by WWI and the Spanish flu finds itself facing major moral questions and a brutal invading force when a young girl shows up on a rancher’s doorstep covered in blood. ” - EricGreene
Playing It Cool (2014)
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Unrequited love motivates a guy to write about his experiences. (94 mins.)
Director: Justin Reardon
“ Written by Chris Shafer & Paul Vicknair
When a charming heartbreaker finally meets a girl he can’t have, he discovers the true meaning of love by living out other people’s love stories and writing his own. ” - EricGreene
Flarsky (????)
A political journalist tries to hook up with his old babysitter, who now holds an important government position.
Director: Jonathan Levine
“ Written by Daniel Sterling
A political journalist courts his old babysitter, who is now the United States secretary of state. ” - EricGreene
Blood Mountain (????)
An army ranger attempts to bring a captured terrorist to justice.
“ Written by Jonathan Stokes
After his team is ambushed and killed in Pakistan, a young army ranger must escort the world’s most wanted terrorist over dangerous terrain in order to bring him to justice. While being hunted by both of their enemies, they must find a way to work together in order to survive. ” - EricGreene
Bastards (2017)
Upon learning that their mother has been lying to them for years about their allegedly deceased father, two fraternal twin brothers hit the road in order to find him.
Director: Lawrence Sher
“ Written by Justin Malen
Two brothers, raised to believe their biological father died, find out their mother slept with many powerful and famous men in the 1970s, and the siblings hit the road to find their real father. ” - EricGreene
Crazy for the Storm (????)
An account of 11-year-old Norman Ollestad's ability to survive a plane crash which left him stranded on an icy mountaintop by using the skills his father instilled in him.
“ Written by Will Fetters
The true story of Norman Ollestad’s relationship with his father, who thrust the boy into the world of extreme surfing and competitive downhill skiing at the age of three. But it was that experience that allowed an 11-year old Norman to survive a plane crash amidst a blizzard in the San Gabriel mountains. ” - EricGreene
The Slackfi Project (????)
A coffee shop employee is recruited by futuristic soldiers to save the world.
“ Written by Howard Overman
A hapless and broken hearted barista is visited by two bad-ass soldiers from the future who tell him mankind is doomed, and he alone can save them. ” - EricGreene
The Museum of Broken Relationships (????)
A brokenhearted New York museum curator begins a collection of things connected to break-ups and writes about it on her blog.
“ Written by by Natalie Krinsky
Lucy, a twenty-eight year old junior curator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC, is sleeping with her boss. When he dumps her she begins a collection of “break up items” and starts a blog which goes viral. ” - EricGreene
St. Vincent (2014)
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A young boy whose parents have just divorced finds an unlikely friend and mentor in the misanthropic, bawdy, hedonistic war veteran who lives next door. (102 mins.)
Director: Theodore Melfi
Django Unchained (2012)
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With the help of a German bounty hunter, a freed slave sets out to rescue his wife from a brutal Mississippi plantation owner. (165 mins.)
“ Written by Quentin Tarantino
A freed slave named Django is trained as a bounty hunter by a German dentist named Schultz, and the two men set out to find Django’s enslaved wife. ” - EricGreene
The Accountant (2016)
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As a math savant uncooks the books for a new client, the Treasury Department closes in on his activities and the body count starts to rise. (128 mins.)
Director: Gavin O'Connor
“ Written by Bill Dubuque
The Treasury Department pursues a brilliant, autistic accountant who doubles as an assassin and “problem-solves” with precision in more ways than one. ” - EricGreene
Saving Mr. Banks (2013)
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Author P.L. Travers reflects on her childhood after reluctantly meeting with Walt Disney, who seeks to adapt her Mary Poppins books for the big screen. (125 mins.)
“ Written by Kelly Marcel
The story of how Walt Disney got the rights for Mary Poppins. ” - EricGreene
Bridges on the Fort Point Channel (????)
An Irish family in Boston organize a deadly terrorist plot.
“ Written by Chuck Maclean
An Irish family in the 1970s, dealing with the loss of their father and the busing of black kids into white neighbor-hoods, decides to blow up all the bridges in Boston. ” - EricGreene
The Big Stone Grid (????)
A pair of New York detectives try to break up an underground extortion ring.
Director: Pierre Morel
“ Written by Craig Zahler
A cop is pulled into an underworld organization that brutally murders people to extort money out of others. ” - EricGreene
Cities of Refuge (????)
An investigator is recruited to solve a murder and kidnapping case.
“ Written by Brandon Willer
A former FBI psychologist is called in to investigate when a young girl goes missing after the apparent murder of her father and brother by two strangers in a small Oklahoma town. ” - EricGreene
Good Kids (2016)
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Four high school students look to redefine themselves after graduation. (86 mins.)
Director: Chris McCoy
Leaving Pete (????)
A writer tries to keep his publisher girlfriend from finding our about his ex-wife's new tell-all book.
“ Written by Ali Waller & Morgan Murphy
A recently divorced author is stunned when his ex writes a popular book about their breakup, and he has to keep that fact secret from his new girlfriend, who works for the book’s publisher. ” - EricGreene
Hidden (2015)
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A family takes refuge in a fallout shelter to avoid a dangerous outbreak. (84 mins.)
“ Written by Matt Duffer & Ross Duffer
An elevated horror-thriller about a family hiding in a bomb shelter after escaping a mysterious outbreak. ” - EricGreene
Dirty Grandpa (2016)
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Right before his wedding, an uptight guy is tricked into driving his grandfather, a lecherous former Army Lieutenant-Colonel, to Florida for spring break. (102 mins.)
Director: Dan Mazer
“ Written by John Phillips
A young groom engaged to a demanding woman is forced to spend the week before his wedding with his half-blind, half-crazy, and wholly horny grandfather. Through this wild journey, his grandfather shows him how to take life by the balls and lead with his heart. ” - EricGreene
Grim Night (????)
A horror/thriller set in a world where people lock themselves indoors one night a year for fear of random attacks from creatures known as the "Grims".
Director: Dennis Gansel
“ Written by Allen Bey & Brandon Bestenheider
A family has to defend themselves from the Grims, strange creatures who attack Earth and kill thousands one night every year. ” - EricGreene
Watch Roger Do His Thing (????)
A retired hitman gets roped back into his old trade in order to save his friend's life and quickly finds himself caught in a struggle trying to finish the job, and get his family out of Chicago alive at the same time.
“ Written by Michael Starrbury
A retired hitman gets roped back into his old trade in order to save his friend’s life and quickly finds himself caught in a struggle trying to finish the job, and get his family out of Chicago alive at the same time. ” - EricGreene
The Flamingo Thief (????)
Grief stricken over his wife leaving him, a man finds solace in an odd activity... swiping figurines of flamingos.
“ Written by Mike Lesieur
Grief stricken over his wife leaving him, a man finds solace in an odd activity… swiping figurines of flamingos. ” - EricGreene
Two Night Stand (2014)
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A snowstorm forces two people who made an online connection to unwillingly extend their one-night stand as the blizzard goes through the night. (86 mins.)
Director: Max Nichols
“ Written by Mark Hammer
After an extremely regrettable one night stand, two strangers wake up to find themselves snowed in after sleeping through a blizzard that put all of Manhattan on ice. They’re now trapped together in a tiny apartment, forced to get to know each other way more than any one night stand should. ” - EricGreene
Sex Tape (2014)
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A married couple wake up to discover that the sex tape they made the evening before has gone missing, leading to a frantic search for its whereabouts. (94 mins.)
Director: Jake Kasdan
“ Written by Kate Angelo
When a married couple make a sex tape to spice up their relationship, it disappears, and they are frantic to get it back. ” - EricGreene
The Gun Eaters (????)
Four hardened New York detectives race to apprehend a relentless spree-killer who's executing victims from Queens to Southampton in the span of a single day.
“ Written by Alex Paraskevas & Jordan Goldberg
Four hardened New York detectives race to apprehend a relentless spree-killer who’s executing victims from Queens to Southampton in the span of a single day. ” - EricGreene
Little White Corvette (????)
A nerd and his wild older sister look to sell $1 million of cocaine they find in their deceased father's sports car.
“ Written by Michael Diliberti
A down and out brother and sister go to Miami to sell a duffel bag of cocaine that they found in the trunk of a corvette left them by their dead father. ” - EricGreene
Jane Got a Gun (2015)
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A woman asks her ex-lover for help in order to save her outlaw husband from a gang out to kill him. (98 mins.)
Director: Gavin O'Connor
Murders & Acquisitions (????)
The world of high-stakes finance collides with that of high-priced hitmen when an ousted CEO decides to hire an assassin to kill the corporate raider who stole his company.
Flashback (????)
A former NASA pilot with amnesia - also the first person to travel the speed of light - realizes he has the ability to travel back in time and along the way rediscovers his love for his wife.
The Last Drop (????)
A comedy centered on a functioning alcoholic facing an ultimatum: to go sober or lose everything -- including his life.
Friend of Bill (????)
A woman moves back to her hometown from New York to deal with her alcohol addiction.
Dead of Winter (????)
A family's weekend in the mountains becomes a fight for survival when they're confronted by a dangerous fugitive on the run.
On a Clear Day (????)
When a powerful and mysterious force invades an American city, a young father must traverse the battle-torn...
Home by Christmas (????)
Young Larry Gelbart goes on tour with his idol Bob Hope in the middle of the Korean War and learns the true price of patriotism.
The Pretty One (2013)
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A tragedy presents Laurel with the chance to reinvent herself as her idolized twin sister, Audrey. As she eases into the life she has always wanted, she must decide between continuing the lie or revealing herself as the perfect fraud. (90 mins.)
Director: Jenée LaMarque
Bad Words (2013)
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A spelling bee loser sets out to exact revenge by finding a loophole and attempting to win as an adult. (89 mins.)
Director: Jason Bateman
Jurassic Park (????)
A high school couple and two of their friends ditch school to catch a special preview screening of Jurassic Park.
Gaslight (????)
Secretly imprisoned in a London insane asylum, the infamous Jack the Ripper helps Scotland Yard investigators solve a series of grisly murders whose victims all share one thing in common: dual puncture wounds to the neck.
Subject Zero (????)
A scientist develops a powerful new drug that brings his son back to life after he dies in a terrible car accident...
Director: David Cohen
The Hitman's Bodyguard (2017)
The world's top bodyguard gets a new client, a hit man who must testify at the International Court of Justice. They must put their differences aside and work together to make it to the trial on time.
Director: Patrick Hughes
Cristo (????)
A futuristic version of the novel The Count of Monte Cristo.
Line of Sight (????)
An elite commando squad is tasked with transporting a prized target during an attack on the United States.
Director: Mike McCoy
Pinocchio (????)
A darker version of the classic children's fairy tale of a wooden puppet that transforms into a real living boy.
Wedding Day (????)
A comedy centered around a group of people who meet -- and whose personalities collide -- over the course of a couple's wedding.
Director: Steve Carr
77 (????)
Two stories from 1974 are linked together - the unsolved murder of an LAPD officer and the nationally...
Director: Jared Leto
Guys Night (????)
Director: Andrew Fleming
Self/less (2015)
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A dying real estate mogul transfers his consciousness into a healthy young body, but soon finds that neither the procedure nor the company that performed it are quite what they seem. (117 mins.)
Director: Tarsem Singh
Hyperdrive (????)
Before I Fall (2017)
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February 12 is just another day in Sam's charmed life, until it turns out to be her last. Stuck reliving her last day over one inexplicable week, Sam untangles the mystery around her death and discovers everything she's losing. (98 mins.)
Director: Ry Russo-Young
Breyton Ave (????)
A group of teens living without adults and under their own social order in a small fenced-in neighborhood are forced to face what they fear is the inevitable physical danger beyond the fence.
El Fuego Caliente (????)
An aging Soap Opera star tries to keep it all together when a jealous older actress and the show's young producer plot to end her career.
The DUFF (2015)
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A high school senior instigates a social pecking order revolution after finding out that she has been labeled the DUFF - Designated Ugly Fat Friend - by her prettier, more popular counterparts. (101 mins.)
Director: Ari Sandel
Untitled Arizona Project (????)
A homicidal foreclosure victim kidnaps a real estate agent and plans to kill her in the housing development where she finagled money from customers like him.